Theresa May says Jamal Khashoggi death explanation ‘lacks credibility’

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LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May has told King Salman of Saudi Arabia that the country’s explanation regarding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi lacks credibility. The Prime Minister spoke by telephone King Salman on Wednesday to convey Britain’s concerns about the situation.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister spoke to King Salman today to reiterate the UK’s grave concerns about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. “The Prime Minister said the current explanation lacks credibility so there remains an urgent need to establish exactly what happened.

“She strongly urged Saudi Arabia to co-operate with the Turkish investigation and to be transparent about the results. It is important that the full facts are established.

“The Prime Minister also reiterated that all individuals bearing responsibility for the killing of Mr Khashoggi must be properly held to account. She said the Home Secretary is taking action against all suspects in the murder of Mr Khashoggi to prevent them entering the UK. If these individuals have visas, they are being revoked.”

Turkish officials say Mr Khashoggi was killed on October 2 by a 15-man Saudi hit squad that included a member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage on overseas trips.

The Prime Minister has rejected the Saudi claim that Mr Khashoggi died after a fight at the consulate. She told MPs: “We condemn the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the strongest possible terms and after his disappearance we made clear that Saudi Arabia must co-operate with Turkey and conduct a full and credible investigation. “The claim that has been made that Mr Khashoggi died in a fight does not amount to a credible explanation so there does remain an urgent need to establish what has happened in relation to this.”